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Do What You Want To

21 Oct 2015 Posted by Jillian in Blog, Motherhood, Oh, To Be Like Jesus, Quest for Contentment

Suspicious yellow puddle next to the toilet. Toilet leaking or another culprit? My mom instinct says to call my second born into the bathroom to ask his take on how that yellow liquid could have gotten there. He comes in and sits on the stool he uses to reach the sink to wash his hands.  He sits there in his yellow (ironically) oversized pajama shirt, thinking very carefully about how he will respond.  The silence grows more and more awkward as does my certainty of his guilt.  I’m trying very hard not to smile because he looks so cute sitting there on that stool looking so pensive.  Every silent moment that passes assures me that our toilet seal is just fine. Finally the kid speaks, “I think you will be mad at me.  I think I will have to go to the corner, but…I wanted to…pee in the trash can.”  He WANTED to pee in…

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I Hate Death

08 Oct 2015 Posted by Jillian in Blog, Oh, To Be Like Jesus, Quest for Contentment

Yesterday we had to say good-bye to our beloved kitty of almost 13 years.  I had the undesirable task of taking her to the vet to be put down. That was tough.  Saying good-bye is hard.  Seeing life there one minute and gone the next is baffling to me. Many snot-filled kleenexes later, I am left in the aftermath to process this whole life and death thing, once again, as I do every time I am confronted with the mystery and certainty of death.  We are all affected by death in one way or another.  Whether it’s a person or a pet, death brings pain every time.  Every. Time. Death usually brings a measure of contemplation as well. Before I took Emma to the vet, in my head, I kept hearing the phrase, “death has lost its sting.”  I had to mull that one over a bit because death really stings.  It hurts.  It sucks. …

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